The Week in Review

The weather was beautiful this past week. To take advantage of it, we spent as much time as possible outside.

On Wednesday, we hit Forest Park in Springfield – a perfect place to practice with the Prisma App.


Even ho-hum photos of tree roots can come alive with the right setting.


Here’s a photo without the App, though. It will give you an idea of our rate of leaf change so far.


Not much, but with temperatures cooling quickly, it won’t be long now.

Thursday, we headed to Maine.


The beach (Harbor Beach in York) was beautiful and delightfully uncrowded. The girls spent their time hunting for shells, playing on the rocks, and, in Ginger’s case, braving the very cold water. (We all waded, but Ginger was the only one to really get wet).


(More Prisma)

A bit of the beach made it home with us in the form of shells, etc., which is something I know (from experience) not to do, because, by the next day, everything smells pretty foul. But it’s hard to resist when things are fresh out of the water and sparkling in the sunlight.

This shell, with its barnacles and other bits, reminds me of a heart. (Is that gross?)


And today – with the weather still glorious – the girls participated in the “Will Bike 4 Food” fun ride – an event organized to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Here you see Pepper heading out from the start point.


Both girls completed the ten-mile course – the farthest either of them has ridden to date. CPT A and I worked as course volunteers, driving back and forth on the route, encouraging stragglers, and pointing people in the right direction. We all had a lot of fun.

And, finally, in the crafting department, I do not have a baby blanket to show you as I had hoped). What I do have a pair of socks.


These were knit for Ginger. I started them in May, abandoned them when the hot weather hit, and then reached for them again this last week when temperatures cooled and wool seemed more appealing. I was a little concerned that the stripes didn’t match up at the toes, but the first thing Ginger said when she put them on was, “Oh good. The stripes don’t match.” So, I see it was all for the best.

These were knit with Patons sock yarn using Patons’ “The Basic Sock” pattern. So far, this is my favorite pattern and my favorite brand of yarn for sock-making.

I hope your weather has been as nice as ours this past week and that you’re enjoying fall as much as we are here in Massachusetts.

From the living room sofa, already at work on another pair of socks,

Mrs. Smythe

4 Comments on “The Week in Review

  1. So glad to see you are enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. Your trip to the seashore in Maine must have been wonderful. Proud of your family for donating your time and energy to the food bank. And….really awesome socks! I bet they’ll be warm!